Economic & Housing Development

The mission of the Department of Economic and Housing Development is to create economic opportunity for Newark residents and enhance the vibrancy of our city. To this end, the department seeks to position Newark to take advantage of its unique assets, including its strategic location, a diverse and underutilized workforce, a large amount of developable land, concentration of corporate and business service firms, several major universities, and a wealth of arts and cultural assets.

Foreclosure and Vacant Property Owner Registration

In order to comply with the Newark Foreclosure and Vacant Property Registration Ordinance(s), ALL Owners/Mortgagees/Trustees must register online and pay a registration fee. The City of Newark is administering the Foreclosure Property and Vacant Private-Owner Property Registration program(s).

Other important partner offices:

  • Invest Newark is the primary economic development catalyst for the State of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark. It is organized to retain, attract and grow businesses, enhance small and minority business capacity, and spur real estate development throughout the City’s 20 diverse neighborhoods.
  • Greater Newark Convention & Visitor Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Newark
  • Affirmative Action & Set Aside Program provides minority and women business enterprises (M/WBEs) and Newark residents an opportunity to participate in the economic growth and development of the City of Newark.  Ensures compliance on Tax Abatement/City Construction Projects.

The City of Newark 2022-2023 Annual Action Plan




Boards & Commissions

Implements the laws for what you can build and where you can build it in
Newark. Also provides administrative and staff support to the Newark Central
Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Landmarks and Historic
Preservation Commission and the Environmental Commission. Applications for site
plan review, environmental review, zoning variances and exterior renovations of
properties located in historic districts can be obtained from this office.
Click here for the revised Zoning Ordinance and revised
fee schedule.  
Click here for an interactive Zoning map 

Click here for the draft Newark Land Use and Zoning Ordinance

Newark Land Use and Zoning Ordinance Ward Meeting Presentations

Central Planning Board

Environmental Commission

Landmarks & Historic Preservation

Zoning Board of Adjustment

2023 Boards & Commissions Schedule

Division of Housing and Finance

Administers the new construction and rehabilitation/renovation of safe,
affordable housing and public facilities and nonprofit owned, non-residential

Live Newark Program


As Newark continues to grow the Baraka administration is committed to ensuring that all residents have access to decent and affordable housing. The Office of Affordable Housing will lead the Mayor’s initiative to create and preserve affordable homes and apartments in all of the city’s neighborhoods. The office will also coordinate the implementation and oversee the enforcement of the city’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

Affordable Housing Webpage

Newark Housing Tracker

Newark Housing Search


The Office of Planning and Zoning in the Department of Economic and Housing Development is responsible for all planning and zoning board approvals. Please use this page to find out more about our office and apply for what you need.

Works to develop plans and land use regulations that will guide private and public development across the city. We seek to create livable, walkable, safe and environmentally sustainable communities throughout the city that will provide opportunities for housing, employment, retail services and recreation.

Planning and Zoning Webpage


Offers free legal services to eligible Newark tenants facing eviction or the threat of eviction.

Office of Tenant Legal Services Webpage

Property Management

Property Management provides real estate management services for properties acquired by the
City of Newark until they can be returned to the city tax rolls.

All inquiries for City-owned property must be emailed to :

Rent Control

Enforces Newark’s Rent Control Ordinance and provides staff support to the Rent Control Board to ensure tenants have quality and affordable living conditions.

Rent Control Webpage

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One Theater Square Affordable Unit Application

This is a Preliminary Application only.

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The Willows

Welcome to The Willows at Symphony Hall

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If my property is located in a residential zone, What uses are permitted?
How can I find out how my property is zoned?
How do I get a Contract with the City of Newark?

To do business with the City of Newark, you must have a State of New Jersey Business Registration Certificate. You can register your business online with the State HERE.

Contracts with the City of Newark to provide goods and/or services are available by Bid, RFP or RFQ.

For Solicitations released AFTER April 15th, 2021, please follow these instructions:

The City of Newark is excited to transition to online procurement in partnership with ProcureNow. This new system will efficiently guide vendors through the process of responding electronically to RFPs, bids, addenda, etc. to ensure your bids have been accurately completed and will serve as one location for all purchasing opportunities. ProcureNow also offers real time chat, email, and phone support for bidders/vendors with any questions about how to use ProcureNow.

To get started, click here to visit the sign up page.  You’ll receive an email to activate your account. Then, subscribe to our bids by navigating to the City’s eProcurement Portal and clicking the green subscribe button. For more information about how to register, please see our help file.

CLICK HERE to Visit the City of Newark’s eProcurement Portal (updated April 2021)

For Solicitations released PRIOR TO April 15th, 2021, please follow these instructions:

  • Bid Opportunities Vendors submit quotes for products and/or services in response to advertisements released by the Division of Central Purchasing. Contracts are awarded to the Lowest Bid submitted by a Vendor who can provide quality goods and/or services in the right quantity on a timely basis at the lowest cost to the City. To find bid opportunities listed  CLICK HERE
  • RFP/RFQ – Request for Proposals or Qualifications is an invitation for vendors to submit written Proposals or Qualification Statements that meets certain criteria outlined by the City. Contracts are awarded based on a stated set of evaluation criteria. To find RFP/RFQ opportunities listed : CLICK HERE
  • RFEII for Port Newark CLICK HERE

For additional information on the Bid or RFP/RFQ process, please write, call, or visit:

Central Purchasing Division

Division of Central Purchasing

47-63 Green Street

Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-733-3776

Fax: 973-733-3760 Email:

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